EcoMadres: Caregivers for Climate Change – Maryland Matters

by | Oct 14, 2022 | Climate Change

Eco-Madres manager Carolina Peña-Alarcón engages visitors at Sandy Point State Park’s annual Hispanic Heritage Day. Photo by Rosanne Skirble.
With the Chesapeake Bay as a backdrop, Carolina Peña-Alarcón readies for a teachable moment about climate change at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis during its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Alongside partners from the Maryland Park Service, the National Park Service Chesapeake, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, she sets out bilingual fact-sheets, a renewable energy card game, and images of windmills and solar panels for kids to color.
Peña-Alarcón is national program manager for EcoMadres, founded four years ago as a grass-roots project within the Moms Clean Air Force, itself an offshoot of the Environmental Defense Fund.  “We’re a community of more than one million parents and caregivers united to educate and raise voices to protect the health of children and communities,” she said.
On this clear blue-sky day with sea gulls flying overhead, she welcomed Erik Machado and his nine-year-old daughter from Honduras on a visit with their state side-relatives, who brought them here. Machado takes materials for his students …

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